Earlier in the year, February of 2012, I was doing a crossfit WOD that required a max load power snatch. For those not familiar with a power snatch, CLICK HERE FOR DEMONSTRATION VIDEO.
Notice from the video example that your feet will come off the ground from the momentum of the lift. Well, when my right foot came down it landed the wrong position and my knee went the oposite way, I heard a small tear.
The pain was not significant at the time, but I was like, “what the fuck was that?” saying to my partner, “Did you hear that?”
I kept on through the routine, finishing off with box jumps.
I really felt fine during the workout, but upon waking the next day I could barely walk. Putting just the slightest pressure on my knee cause significant pain.
I rested a good two months with the whole R.I.C.E. method, and everyday got a little better. In April of this year, I decided it was time to start training again, and attempted another crossfit routine, which included box jumps.
I felt great during the workout, but after noticed a slight pain. The next morning, I was back to square one, this time with a burning sensation in my kneecap.
It was time to go to the doctor.
I took some X-rays the next day, and saw a doctor that looked way to busy to help me. I told him everything that happened and he said it is likely a small tear, but nothing major due to the movement he preformed on my leg. He blamed the pain on arthritis, due to small bone spurs he found, and said see me in 6 months if there is any more pain.
Well, there was more pain, anytime I did any sort of pounding ie. running, jumping, ect. my knee would flair up.
Back to the doctor.
In the last two weeks I had the doctor check it out again, give me a MRI, and just recently on Thursday of this week, give me the diagnosis.
The diagnosis: Chondromalacia Petella
It’s basically the softening of the tissue behind the knee. The tissue will continue to wear down, especially during high impact exercises, leaving me with some bone to bone pain in a few years if not careful. He told me it’s time to make some serious lifestyle changes or I will be back in his office begging him for a new knee.
It does indeed look like my plyometric days are over, but the good news is I can still lift. I’ve gained about 20 pounds of unwanted weight this year due to the whole injury, but finally relieved that I have a diagnosis for my knee.
It looks like I will be taking up swimming this year, so from now on refer to me as Michael Phelps. One thing is for certain, the weight is coming off this year, my knee will get stronger, and I will be chasing gold medals all year long, on and off the field.
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